David Randall has resigned as Woodlan boys basketball coach

David Randall, left, and the Woodlan players on the bench stand up and shout instructions during a 2013 ACAC Tournament game. (News-Sentinel file photo)

David Randall has resigned as the head boys basketball coach at Woodlan, News-Sentinel.com confirmed Monday.

After seven years at the helm of the Warriors, Randall gave his resignation in May, he says.

“I just wanted to spend a season away from coaching basketball and spend that time with my family. The administration, parents, and players have been absolutely wonderful to me and I look forward to following the Warriors as a very interested fan this winter,” Randall said.

Randall has gone 120-169 over 13 seasons as a head coach, including 73-89 over his last seven years at Woodlan. He led the Warriors to a share of the Allen County Athletic Conference title in 2016-2017 going 12-11, but stumbled surprisingly at times last season finishing 9-14. They fought close games with conference rival Heritage, falling twice. Their best win was a season opening two-point victory over Angola, who would eliminate the Warriors in the first round of Sectional play.

The team played a significantly back loaded scheduled after alterations needed to be made following the football team’s deep postseason run last year.

The oldest member of the conference, Woodlan won the ACAC Tournament last in 2017 and last won a Sectional in 2014, their only title of such under Randall, which ended a 17 year drought. That season, Randall’s third during a second stint at Woodlan, was his best at the school. He finished 18-7 with winning streaks of eight and six games along the way.

Randall also coached the Warriors from 2000-2005, leaving after a 6-15 season. He was replaced by Sean Miller, who won 19 games over four seasons and then Wayne Brooks, who won four games over two seasons before Randall took back over in 2011 following a one year stint at Heritage where he was 11-11.

There has been no word yet on a timetable or plan to hire his replacement as there are now two jobs of the seven in the ACAC are vacant. Randall will remain with the school as a teacher.

This is the fifth area vacancy this off season with jobs at Concordia Lutheran and Canterbury already filled while Woodlan will join Heritage and North Side in looking for a new leader for their program.

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